Comcast has announced that its Xfinity WiFi hotspots will remain free and open to anyone through the rest of 2020.
As the pandemic gripped the nation, internet and wireless carriers pledged to do their part to help people stay connected. As part of that effort, Comcast made all of its 1.5 million Xfinity hotspots available to anyone, not just customers.
As a result, the company saw unprecedented usage of its WiFi network, with hundreds of thousands of non-customers logging on. Based on that popularity, Comcast made the decision to extend the arrangement through the rest of 2020.
“We saw a huge jump in usage after we opened up our public hotspots, and we’re excited to keep them open through the end of the year as the nation begins taking steps to reopen,” said Dana Strong, President of Xfinity Consumer Services. “We’re pleased to see so many families and individuals take advantage of our 60 days of free home Internet through Internet Essentials, and the free access to public Xfinity WiFi hotspots to get online during this time when connectivity is so important.”
Kudos to Comcast for stepping to help individuals when they need it most. It’s a safe bet the company will gain quite a bit of consumer goodwill over this latest announcement.